Pumpkin flavored pedophilia

Story by: Maggie Brown, News/Copy Editor
Photos by: Caty McGovern, staff photographer

Male ringmaster

Incredibly popular coming-of-age movie “Mean Girls” said it best.

“Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it.”

Female ring master

Whether you agree with revealing costumes or not, you will see them everywhere you go this Halloween. Sexy nurse, sexy witch, sexy devil, sexy baked potato, you name it. And while I have absolutely no problem with however women choose to dress themselves, something must be said about the choices available for women.

If you are confident enough to dress in nothing but underwear and animal ears, more power to you. But if you want to be a mouse and keep your midriff covered, that should be an option as well. As you look at costumes for young boys, you notice that they are cute, accurate representations of the animal or character they are intended to be.  As you look further at the costumes targeted for teen boys, and then even further to grown men, the level of coverage and accuracy remains generally the same.

Female skeletonIf you look at the costumes marketed towards girls, however, you will find that even costumes marketed towards very small girls are more revealing, focused less on the accuracy of character portrayal and more on the sex appeal of whoever is wearing it. Giving a small boy an accurate costume and a small girl a tutu and striped tights is, quite frankly, mildly pedophilic and disgusting. This is my problem with the sexualization of Halloween costumes. Girls should be given the same opportunity to dress as a simple witch at the ages of 5, 15 and 25, and not have to make their own costumes if they do not want to be mistaken for festive street walkers.

It is sexist and wrong to provide nothing but a black bra and miniskirt, Male skeletonthrow in some garters and a pointy hat, and call it a witch costume while simultaneously providing one of those really cool starry robes and beard for a person of the same age who wishes to be a warlock. Forcing little girls to choose between homemade costumes and whatever pumpkin flavored pedophilic propaganda that is gracing our shelves this year is so obviously wrong I am having trouble fathoming how it is still being permitted to occur.

So if you would like to be scantily clad this Halloween, by all means, go for it. But is it because it is what you want to do, or because you can not find a modest alternative?

Academy tragedies

By Dakota Fisher
This story also appears, in part, in the March print edition

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen to the eighty-seventh annual Academy Awards! Tonight, we will spend a total of five minutes talking about actors’ and actresses work and achievements, and another hour and fifty five minutes doing floor-to-ceiling shots of women’s dresses and questioning them about their style as opposed to asking them questions about their craft, or their thoughts and views on issues that are important to society.

The world has gotten so caught up on this year’s trend that we have refused to take the time to appreciate true hard work. Award shows are not fashion shows. The red carpet is not a runway. Of course people dress up in their finest clothes and look marvellous, beautiful, stunning, and any other synonym for pretty the English language has to offer, but why do networks insist on shoving the “Who Wore It Best” segment down the throats of their viewers?

“Do you do this to the guys too?” actress Cate Blanchett asked E! News’ Glam Cam at the Screen Actors Guild award show, as a cameraman scanned her dress and a spokesperson recited details of the designer.

In media, women and their bodies have become entertainment. From slut-shaming women for too little clothing, to calling those who choose to wear more layers than the average woman too reserved, today’s society cannot be pleased.

“Comments ranging from a bit sexist but harmless, to sexually aggressive is thought to be something that ‘just happens,’ this is the casual objectification of women,” said MVHS Alumni Brittany Satterfield. “Being a common thought, people start to think maybe we should suck it up, lie down, and accept defeat? I don’t think so. Objectification, whatever form it is in, is not something anyone should have to ‘just deal with.’ ”

Actresses do not choose to become actresses because they want to be asked a million questions about unimportant things. Why not use their power in media to promote equal rights or to encourage image equality instead of intruding on their home life and interviewing them about the latest scandal?

I hope that as 2015 begins we use actors’ and actresses’ power in the media to make the world a better place and reward them for their hard work, instead of filling the airways with pointless drama and the objectification of women. Why not let it be universally know that yes, women are beautiful, but do not let beauty get in the way of intellect.


Models of all shapes and sizes

By Dakota Fisher, staff writer

People tend to have a gross misconception of what it’s like to be a model: jetting all around the globe, sitting first class with a glass of the finest Chardonnay imaginable; relaxing in a beautiful five-star hotel with people to cater to your every whim; being primped and polished to perfection. Then all they have to do is make a few sexy faces at a camera while wearing nothing but their underwear. They are then handed a check for thousands of dollars and get their face slapped on a huge billboard in Times Square. This may be true for some supermodels, but the life of a plus size model is not so lavish.

Being the low man on the totem pole is not a stroll in the park. Plus size models face countless struggles in their line of work, yet still manage to promote image equality and positive body image.

MSA Modeling is an agency in New York that features plus size models, as well as the average runway model. Andrew Higgins, director at MSA Models, worked with women’s magazine Marie Claire in doing an experiment about men’s views on plus sized women.

“They took a plus sized model and a camera crew to ask men what aspects they liked about a plus sized model. They then asked if the men could tell her size. Not one in one hundred men knew. They didn’t see beauty as a dress size,” said Higgins.

“When they asked women the same question, the women were more critical about what parts needed help, while the men just said what they thought was attractive.”

The average woman is a size 14, however in the modelling industry, anything over a size 6 is considered “plus size.”

“I love plus size models.” said Lindsey Bonfiglio, 9. “They show that being skinny isn’t the only kind of beautiful and that it’s okay to be who you are.”

Plus sized models depict the body of the average woman, yet don’t receive the admiration they deserve. In fact, many argue that plus size models glorify obesity and promote a negative body image.

No one should be encouraged to starve themselves or to hate their bodies because they don’t match up to the unrealistic, photoshopped fictions that decorate our ads and tabloids. A five foot nine, 197 pound woman is just as beautiful as a woman who is  five foot one and 105. Some women are curvier than others, some are skinnier, some shorter, some taller, but there is beauty in all.